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Welcome to the Wednesday Night Skate!


Welcome to the official Wednesday Night Skate website, where you’ll find information about New York City’s largest independent inline skating organization. Each Wednesday night during the Spring to the end of Autumn.

What is the Wednesday Night Skate?

The Wednesday Night Skate is New York City’s largest independent skating organization.  It’s a fantastic way to see and explore New York City, and a great way to meet new friends.

What should I bring?

Aside from your skates of course, helmets and wristguards are required.  We strongly recommend that you wear full protective gear (knee pads and elbow pads in addition to the required helmet and wristguards), as street skating can be unpredictable at times. An attachable flashing light of some type (such as a “blinkie”) that can be secured to your helmet, backpack or another area on your person is also recommended. Finally, wearing highly-visible clothing is always a good idea when skating at night.  Please keep in mind that you are skating at your own risk, and ultimately your own safety is your responsibility.

Where do we skate to?

Each week the Wednesday Night Skate Staff chooses a new route that takes us through different locations in the city.

What kind of skaters can participate?

All skaters are welcome, and the Wednesday Night Skate attracts a variety of skaters with different skill levels.  Skaters who wish to participate should be comfortable skating in the street, and be able to turn and stop under their own power. Skaters should also be familiar with and willing to obey all standard traffic rules, including slowing down for yellow lights, stopping at red lights, keeping all crosswalks clear for pedestrians, staying in one traffic lane, and staying off of the sidewalks

Who runs the event?

The Wednesday Night Skate is organized by a staff of experienced skaters who volunteer their time and energy to ensure that it runs safely.  WNS is not affiliated with any other club or organization; we are an independent group.

SAFETY NOTES & WARNINGS: You are skating at your own risk. Helmets & wristguards are required for all participants & event staff members. In addition, full protective gear (elbow pads, knee pads) is highly recommended. A flashing red light or “blinkie” is also recommended. The wearing of highly visible or reflective clothing is strongly suggested. Please obey all traffic rules, such as staying in one lane and stopping for red lights. Please skate safely and be courteous to other skaters. Those who are unwilling or unable to adhere to our simple safety rules should refrain from participating in this event. Let’s all do our part to make sure that the Wednesday Night Skate is a fun and safe event, all season long.

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